Uniting to Advance Quality Healthcare

November 8, 2019

Accreditation Canada and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare Join Forces

OTTAWA & TORONTO (November 8, 2019) — Accreditation Canada (AC) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) today announced an agreement to join forces bringing the longest standing healthcare accreditation body in Canada and Canada’s largest provider of medical laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing together. IQMH is now a controlled affiliate of AC to advance a common goal of improving the quality of healthcare in Canada and around the world.

By combining forces, these two organizations solidify their position as leaders in improving health outcomes for patients and citizens around the world. AC and IQMH will continue to provide rigorous, evidence based, third-party evaluations, spanning a full spectrum of health and social services aligned with international leading practices and world class standards.

Together, AC and IQMH are committed to delivering joint solutions that encompass health services, social services and education services with the goal of empowering others to save and improve lives. AC and IQMH will deliver integrated accreditation services, proficiency testing, standards, analytics and education programs to support both current and future patients and providers along their continuous health quality improvement journeys. 

“By combining our experience and expertise, we are uniquely positioned to provide an integrated solution to improve the quality of healthcare by providing value-adding third-party accreditation, proficiency testing, standards development and education for organizations in Canada and internationally”, said Jeff Sumner, President, IQMH.

“Accreditation Canada and IQMH have unparalleled depth and breadth of experience advancing the quality and safety of healthcare and social services. Together, we are combining our strengths to expand our impact, bring new value to our clients, and deliver People Powered Health across the health ecosystem and around the world”, said Leslee Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, AC.


About Accreditation Canada
Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits healthcare and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation programs foster ongoing quality improvement through evidence-based standards and a rigorous external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for 60 years.

About Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare
The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare is a not-for-profit corporation that offers accreditation and proficiency testing of diagnostic services, and education services through its three independent Centres. Its services have achieved world-wide recognition — the Centre for Proficiency Testing is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation; and the Centre for Accreditation is a signatory of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation — thereby demonstrating its ability to meet rigorous international standards for quality and competence. IQMH has been elevating confidence in the healthcare system for over 40 years. Learn more at www.iqmh.org.